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Newcastle voters to decide schools’ $50 million bond

BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD Published: October 13, 2009

/> "The auditorium will allow us to advance our arts, drama and music programs,” Everett said.

The field house and wellness center would include a weight room and locker rooms for various district sports.

Other bond projects include: a classroom and library addition at the high school; a new transportation building; improvements to the fourth- and fifth-grade building; artificial turf at the district’s football field and a track.

Future growth
These projects are needed for students now and to handle future growth, school board President Dawayne Smith said. "It’s all for the kids,” he said. "We want to provide them the best education we can and prepare them for the future the best we can.”

If the bond issue passes, it would raise the district’s tax rate to around 37 mills, which is back to its 2008 level, officials said.

The rate dropped to 31.6 mills this year because the district’s assessed evaluation went up. A mill is one-tenth of one cent.